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What are some precautions I can take to avoid having an allergic reaction?

What are some precautions I can take to avoid having an allergic reaction?

Become an expert: Become an expert at reading the ingredient labels on foods at the grocery store, and don’t be afraid to ask restaurants specific questions about their dishes. Remember, cooking food in the same pan after another can lead to contamination. Food allergy is serious: the more you know the better you can protect yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting years ago and suffered allergic shock. What precautions should I take?

Insect sting allergy: In case of anaphylaxis reaction to insect sting, you should have the diagnosis confirmed by either blood or skin testing to the suspected insects. Preferably testing should be done 6 weeks after an allergic reaction. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you should be on allergy injection for that insect venom for desensitization. You should carry an epipen, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as emergency treatment. ...Read more

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I have a history of many allergies causing hives. I've had CT scans with no problem to contrast. Getting another one, should I take any precaution?

I have a history of many allergies causing hives. I've had CT scans with no problem to contrast. Getting another one, should I take any precaution?

No: There is no reason to be overly concerned since your risk of having a reaction to the contrast material is no higher than the average person despite your allergies. The contrast material reaction is not a true allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What to do if I have multiple food and medications. What to do if I have done everything i can to avoid having an allergic reaction. W?

What to do if I have multiple food and medications. What to do if I have done everything i can to avoid having an allergic reaction. W?

No easy answer: Beyond try to stick with it, in regards to avoiding what you are allergic too. Otherwise, consider trying to simplify your diet and avoid too much processed foods and grains. ...Read more

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What to take for an allergic reaction to unknown food?

What to take for an allergic reaction to unknown food?

Allergies: It depends on the symptoms? Go to the er if they are bad or you had a previous history of a bad reaction. Don't take a chance. For a mild skin reaction take antihistamines. ...Read more

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How much time would it take for an allergic reaction to happen?

How much time would it take for an allergic reaction to happen?

Timing/allergic rxn: An allergic reaction due to an ingestion ( food, medications ) can occur within minutes up to approximately 6 hrs. Reactions to skin contacts ( poison Ivy, chemicals, etc) can occur 24-96 hours after exposure. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to choke from an allergic reaction?

Please tell me how long it takes for to choke from an allergic reaction?

Quickly: Allergic reactions can occur quickly and are potentially life threatening. Call 911 if having severe symptoms or rapidly increasing symptoms. ...Read more

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Should you take incidal for an allergic reaction?

Should you take incidal for an allergic reaction?

Or diphenhydramine: Or any other antihistaminic available OTC or prescription strength, incidal (mebhydrolin) isn't available in the US, if the reaction is severe/not responding, you need to go to ER/urgent care ...Read more

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How long does a breakout from a allergic reaction take to heal?

How long does a breakout from a allergic reaction take to heal?

Depends on severity: Minor allegic reactions, with local swelling and itching, usually resolve within 30 to 60 minutes. When someone has a more severe reaction, in which swelling or hives occur, sometimes the reactions take several days to resolve. As always, if you are ever having a reaction in which breathing is compromised or there is swelling in the throat, call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more